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  1. You can fill out the application at home and print it, or fill it in at the SSA office. http://www.socialsec...online/ss-5.pdf Find your nearest SSA office https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp http://www.ssa.gov/p...rred_action.pdf
  2. Pretty comical if you ask me.
  3. Affidavit Sample

    If anybody is looking for an Affidavit, perhaps this one may help. http://www.mediafire.com/view/?j1573ii9ly6qx2r Download it from the link above and edit it.
  4. http://www.uscis.gov...000082ca60aRCRD Due to Hurricane Sandy the offices listed below will be closed on Monday, October 29, 2012. All applicants appointments will be rescheduled to the next available appointment date; applicants do not need to do anything to request a rescheduled date. However walk-ins will be processed on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to visit a USCIS office in an area affected by the severe weather or you believe may be affected by severe weather, please call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) 1-800-375-5283 to ensure the office is open for business and for further instructions on rescheduling your appointment if the office is closed. Please continue to monitor this page for changes. Closed Offices Connecticut Hartford, CT Field Office AA Ribicoff Federal Building 450 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103-3060 Hartford Application Support Center 467 Silver Lane East Hartford, CT 06118 Delaware Dover, DE Satellite Office & Application Support Center 250 Gateway South Blvd, Ste 270 Dover, DE 19901 Maryland Baltimore District Office & Field Office Fallon Federal Building 31 Hopkins Plaza Baltimore, MD 21201 Baltimore Application Support Center Bank of America Building 100 S. Charles Street, Suite 201 Baltimore, MD 21201 Glenmont Application Support Center 12331 Georgia Avenue, Suite C Wheaton, MD 20906 Salisbury, MD Application Support Center 2040 Shipley Drive, Suite 2C Salisbury, MD 21801 Massachusetts Boston, MA District Office & Field Office JFK Federal Building 15 New Sudbury Street Government Center, Room E-170 Boston, MA 02203-0701 Lawrence, MA Field Office & Application Support Center 2 Mill Street Lawrence, MA 01840 Boston Application Support Center 170 Portland Street Boston, MA 02114 New Hampshire Manchester, NH Field Office & Application Support Center 9 Ridgewood Road Bedford, NH 03110 New Jersey Newark Asylum Office 1200 Wall Street West, Fourth Floor Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 Newark, NJ District Office & Field Office Rodino Federal Building 970 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102-2506 Mount Laurel, NJ Field Office 530 Fellowship Road Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 Hackensack, NJ Application Support Center 116 Kansas Street Hackensack, N.J. 07601-4044 Elizabeth, NJ Application Support Center 285 North Broad Street Elizabeth, N.J. 07208 New York New York Asylum Office One Cross Island Plaza, 3rd Floor (133-33 Brookville Boulevard) Rosedale, NY 11422 New York, NY District Office & Field Office 26 Federal Plaza New York, NY 10278-0127 Queens, NY Field Office & Application Support Center 2735 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101-2917 Long Island, NY Field Office & Application Support Center 30 Barretts Ave Holtsville, NY 11742 Bronx, NY Application Support Center 1827 Westchester Ave. Bronx, NY 10473 Brooklyn, NY Application Support Center 1260-78 60th Street Brooklyn, NY 11219 Hicksville, NY Application Support Center 87 Bethpage Road Hicksville, NY 11801 Manhattan, NY Application Support Center 201 Varick Street, 10th Floor RM103 New York, NY 10014 Port Chester, NY Application Support Center 40 South Main Street Port Chester, NY 10573 Queens/Jamaica, NY Application Support Center 153-01 Jamaica Ave. Jamaica, NY 11432 Woodside, NY Application Support Center 63-05 Rossevlt Ave. Woodside, NY 11377 Eastern Telephone Center
  5. http://www.washingto...e945_story.html WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has approved more 4,500 young illegal immigrants for a program to let them stay in the United States and get a work permit. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Friday about 180,000 people have applied for the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program announced this summer. As of Wednesday, 4,591 applications had been approved. Those people will also get permission to work. To date, no applications have been rejected but Homeland Security officials said it could take at least two months after an application is received for it to be declined. If more information is need from an applicant, the process could take even longer.
  6. Better hurry up and submit those applications people! On Tuesday, Romney’s campaign told The Boston Globe that Romney “would honor deportation exemptions issued by the Obama administration before his inauguration but would not grant new ones after taking office.” Then on Wednesday, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul reiterated that message. “He would honor any permits already issued through the president’s stopgap deferred action measure,” Saul told The Los Angeles Times . “But he will not continue the president’s temporary measure and intends to supersede it as soon as possible with the permanent reform of our broken immigration system that is so badly needed.” This means that only undocumented youth who were approved for the federal program or turned in their applications before January 20, 2013— the next inauguration day—would benefit from it if Romney wins the presidency. Read more: http://www.voxxi.com.../#ixzz28N1o9tzH
  7. Thought this was pretty funny. Obama gives us Deferred Action and GOP criticizes and bashes him, then Romney backs it up and everyone stays quiet. This could be the final nail in the coffin for Mittens. http://www.huffingto...=elections-2012 DENVER, Colo. -- Republican immigration hawks were quiet on Tuesday after GOP nominee Mitt Romney said he would honor deferred action granted by the Obama administration for some undocumented young people -- a policy they have decried as amnesty and a massive overreach of executive power. Put in the uncomfortable position of either criticizing their party's presidential nominee or softening their condemnation of deferred action, Republicans so far have said nothing. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the hardliner behind Arizona immigration law SB 1070, declined to comment. So did House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who threatened to sue President Barack Obama, did not return a request for comment. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ®, another top critic of Obama on immigration, and Texas senatorial candidate Ted Cruz, who said Romney should end the policy, also failed to return calls. Even those who were somewhat supportive of Obama's reprieve to undocumented young people, although not the manner in which the president issued the order, were quiet. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who planned earlier this year to author a bill to do something similar to Obama's action, ignored a request for comment, as did Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who previously pushed for comprehensive immigration reform. The issue of deferred action demonstrates Romney's awkward predicament as he attempts to woo Latino voters he alienated during the primary. A CNN poll released on Tuesday put him 44 percentage points behind Obama among Latino voters, who ranked immigration as the second-highest priority issue -- although most said the economy was more important -- and said Obama could better handle immigration concerns. Republicans, though, have to contend with a prominent contingent of their party that opposes anything they can define as "amnesty," a movement that killed ex-President George W. Bush's effort at immigration reform and led to numerous state bills aimed at driving undocumented immigrants from the U.S. Romney seemed to be playing to that GOP wing in the primary. Now, though, he seems to be trying to move back.
  8. http://content.govde...USDHSCIS-55a3ec "USCIS wants to notify customers and stakeholders that some work that USCIS performs at the four USCIS service centers (Vermont, Nebraska, Texas and California) will be transferred to a Field Office or the National Benefits Center (NBC) in order to balance the overall workload with processing capacity."
  9. Governor Jerry Brown signed today the Bill (AB 2189) that allows people who are approved for DACA (I-821D) but are denied their EAD (I-765) to obtain a Driver's License and ID. http://blogs.sacbee....ll-ab-2189.html
  10. Out of the 108 confirmed approvals on this site, only 2 are from the Texas Service Center. http://dreamact.info...ead.php?t=31723 Hopefully they start approving more.
  11. I was watching the movie "The Perfect Game" today which is based on a true story about the first non-U.S. team that won the Little League World Series.I thought it was pretty cool so I searched and I found a documentary about it and I thought I'd share it. "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, It's the size of the fight in the dog" - Mark Twain The perfect game record still stands, it's the only perfect game in the Little League World Series Finals.
  12. I take no credit for this guide. What Happens After You Send In Your Forms? This will be a guide to what happens when everything for your DACA case goes as planned. You have sent in your forms I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS (G1145 for those that want the Email/TXT notification of application acceptance). So what are the steps and events that happen subsequent to this event? Assuming your package made it to one of the different Lockbox locations as specified in the instructions. You should receive an electronic notification or an electronic I-797C Receipt for both I-821D and I-765 forms. (5-7 days after they received your package at the Lockbox) The previous steps would mean that your forms had all the required information, that your forms were properly signed and that you included the correct filling fees. Your case has now been routed to one of the four Service Centers (Nebraska Service Center (LIN), Vermont Service Center (EAC), California Service Center (WAC), and Texas Service Center (SRC)). All service centers have different processing times for the forms you have sent; depending on their queue of pending applications you might see different processing dates. (This guide will detail more or less my case routed to LIN) You will then receive the physical receipts of the same notification (if you did not send form G1145 then this will be your first notification of your case), I-797C for both I-821D and I-765. (5 to 7 days after the Service Center received your package) The next step in the process would be for background checks as part of the decision process. USCIS will now request for your biometrics (fingerprints). You will then receive a subsequent I-797 Notice of Action receipt in the mail with your appointment date for your biometrics to be taken at your local Application Support Center, ASC. (7-10 days after the Service Center received your package) You have an appointment, the date arrived.* The ASC has successfully taken your biometrics/fingerprints, your photo and your signature. Depending on your background checks, whether your record is clean or not so clean, the following will take less or more time. Your biometrics are sent to the FBI (who usually returns your record within 24-48 hrs) and its forwarded to USCIS for them to do IBIS Name Check and IDENT Fingerprint Check as part of the background checks. The Biometrics letter after your appointment, notice the stamp. You should then receive a TXT (If you have Signed Up to USCIS Portfolio) showing that your I-765 application has been accepted and your card has been ordered for production. This change will also appear in Case Status online. (6-15 days after the date you did Biometrics at ASC) Congratulations! Your case has now been accepted! The adjudication of I-765 means your DACA case has been approved. You should then receive a TXT (If you have Signed Up to USCIS Portfolio) stating that your I-821D has been approved and a notice has been mailed. (1 day after your I-765 EAD goes into production) You should then receive a TXT (If you have Signed Up to USCIS Portfolio) stating that your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), has been mailed. (1 day after your I-765 EAD goes into production) You should then receive a TXT (If you have Signed Up to USCIS Portfolio) stating that USPS has picked up your EAD. (1 day after your I-765 EAD goes into production) Then you should receive a First Class Flat Rate Envelope that contains I-797D which contains the approval notice and the EAD card itself. (4 days after I-765 EAD goes into production) Front of I-797D Back of I-797D As you can see from the process above the time is streamlined and very efficient. I cannot guarantee that your case will take the same amount of time, because that is unrealistic, every case is different, and as time goes by there might be less or more realistically more applications for USCIS to go through. I sent in my application through Priority Mail on August 16 and was approved on September 11, which was less than 30 days. But, others have not had the same luck, so this is just so you can see the steps the case must go through. I cannot put a timeline for a case that might be sent a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent of Denial (NOID) because I did not receive one and I have not read of any. This is case-by-case basis and if all the odds are in your favor you should expect the same result. This is also under the assumption that you qualify for this benefit, if you are committing fraud then you risk being denied and your case being referred to ICE. I take no credit for this guide.
  13. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals This report contains information on requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. The cumulative number of requests accepted for processing, biometrics appointments scheduled, requests ready for review and requests completed to date are displayed. USCIS Number of requests: 82,361 Number of biometric appointments scheduled*: 63,717 Number of requests ready for review**: 1,660 Number of requests completed: 29 *The number of biometrics appointments may exceed the total number of cases due to rescheduling by the requestor **Includes all requests having biometrics captured and before decision Data represents period August 15 - September 13, 2012
  14. A month after Obama announced his deferred action proposal, his administration said it has approved 29 applications of undocumented immigrants who applied. Another 1,600 applications are awaiting final review. The applicants are hoping to avoid deportation and get a work permit under Obama’s administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Department of Homeland Security Spokesman Peter Boogaard said that as of Friday, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services had received about 82,000 applications from undocumented immigrants hoping to qualify for the program. The first immigrants to win the reprieve were notified this week. They will be allowed to stay in the United States for up to two years and be given permission to work; applications can be renewed every two years. USCIS started accepting applications for the program on Aug. 15. The first approvals came well ahead of the department's own internal estimates that it could take four to six months for an application, including fingerprints and a background check, to be fully reviewed. Republican lawmakers have decried Obama's policy, saying it is tantamount to "backdoor amnesty" for as many as 1.7 million undocumented immigrants. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., earlier this week questioned the timing of the first wave of approvals. "The speed at which the deferrals are being granted continues to raise severe concerns about fraud and the administration's ability to verify items like age of entry, educational status and even current age," Sessions said. President Barack Obama and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the program in June. To be eligible, applicants have to prove that they arrived in the United States before they turned 16, are 30 years old or younger, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They also cannot have a serious criminal record or otherwise pose a threat to public safety or national security. The program closely tracks with the failed DREAM Act, a bill would have provided a path to legal status for many young illegal immigrants. The new policy does not provide legal status for the immigrants, but does protect them from deportation for two years. Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/09/14/first-wave-deferred-deportation-applications-approved/#ixzz26YMML7EN
  15. So I was doing some snooping around at another forum related to DACA and I saw that several people already have their EAD in process. They said that when they got their Biometrics appointment, they walked-in to the USCIS location and they were allowed to take their Biometrics earlier, before their appointment date. If I lived closer to my ASC location I would probably try to do the same, but it's 40 minutes away. After I get my Biometrics appointment I will probably give the ASC office a call to see if they will let me walk-in before my appointment. What do you guys think?
  16. http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/09/10/dreamer-deferred-action-suffering-from-low-application-submissions/#comments The first day of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program saw thousands of DREAM-eligible youth line up for the chance to apply for two years of temporary legal status. This policy shift was touted heavily at the Democratic National Convention. After the initial flush, however, applications have slowed amidst a variety of issues. "During the first three weeks that the government accepted requests for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” as the program is known, nearly 40,000 individuals submitted applications, according to government officials and others familiar with the situation. The government began accepting requests on August 15 [...] The level of activity so far is a fraction of the potential number of eligible immigrants. As many as 1.7 million immigrants, 30 years old and younger who have lived continuously in the U.S. for five years, could benefit from the program, according to Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank." Why aren’t we seeing a crush of applications yet? According to the WSJ’s reporting, the outcome of the election is a stumbling block. Mitt Romney would probably roll back the program upon entering office (he said he would “replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure” in June), dampening the desire to go through the application process. But does this mean that we can expect applications to spike after the election, in the event of an Obama victory? Not if the other named factors are seen as more critical: "The government has said application information will not be shared with immigration enforcement. But “many people aren’t applying because they fear their families could be at risk of being deported,” said Tabbata Castillo, a 26-year-old undocumented Venezuelan in Nashville who has helped run information sessions for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Laura Lichter, an immigration attorney in Colorado, said that the application form is simple, but can pose problems in some cases. To prove recent residence in the U.S., older applicants, in particular, might need to show work rather than school records. The problem is, undocumented immigrants typically use false identification to secure jobs, which could raise red flags. “We still don’t have answers to issues like, if you borrowed your cousin’s name and Social Security number for a job,” which means the applicant’s real name isn’t the one on the pay stub, says Ms. Lichter." In other words, all of the sundry problems with our immigration system, and the work-arounds for these DREAM-eligible youth borne out of neglect for fixing these problems, puts serious constraints on who will benefit from the new policy. Eligible immigrants are interested in the policy in theory, but once they hear about everything that goes with it, they may demur. In addition, the $465 in application fees, added to hundreds of dollars in potential attorney’s fees for navigating the complex application, are sure to be a barrier. If you’re an undocumented immigrant who brought three children with you over the border, and all of them are now eligible for DACA relief, that can become cost-prohibitive in a hurry. The reality is that we need a comprehensive immigration reform, and that any piecemeal plans ultimately run up against that necessity. There are probably things that the government can do to increase take-up (the fees are a problem, and maybe the rulings that immigration advocacy groups have sought will turn out favorable), but ultimately, you need to fix the whole system, not one discrete part at a time.
  17. http://www.huffingto..._n_1846485.html Some undocumented young people will be granted work authorization and deferred action under President Barack Obama's June directive, but they won't be eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed in a rule amendment earlier this week. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of HHS, passed the rule on Tuesday, but it largely escaped notice until later in the week. Many Republicans were in an uproar when the president announced the directive, in part because they said it would lead to such benefits for undocumented immigrants. But the HHS announcement shows just how limited the directive is, despite the significance of work authorization and the reprieve from deportation concerns for two years. The Affordable Care Act allows non-citizens who are "lawfully present in the United States" to participate in high-risk pools and exchanges, along with premium credits and cost-sharing subsidies, so long as they are otherwise eligible. Undocumented immigrants are barred from receiving those same benefits under the health care law, but there was some confusion as to whether young people granted deferred action would be eligible until HHS issued its clarification earlier this week. Confusion over whether undocumented immigrants in general would be included resulted in the infamous "you lie" moment during Obama's Sept. 9, 2009 address to Congress on health care, when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled out at the president after he said the undocumented would in ineligible. It also partially led to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, announcing the statewould deny public benefits to those undocumented young people, including driver's licenses and health care. She claimed this week the rule amendment confirmed her right to deny services to beneficiaries of deferred action, according to the Arizona Republic, even though it applied only to health care. Those granted deferred action, like other undocumented immigrants, will continue to be barred from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to the Miami Herald. Up to 1.7 million undocumented immigrants may benefit from deferred action under the Obama administration policy, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Obama has repeatedly said that Congress must address the issue of young undocumented people -- more than a million of whom are estimated to be living in the United States -- who came to the country as children. There are significant costs to leaving undocumented immigrants uninsured if they are unable to afford health care on their own, particularly if they turn to hospital emergency rooms for help. An estimated 59 percent of undocumented immigrants were uninsured as of 2008, making up 15 percent of the overall uninsured population.
  18. Filing your request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals involves several steps. You need to submit multiple forms, evidence and fees. Small mistakes in preparing your request could lead to it being rejected. Please read these tips to avoid having your request rejected or delayed because of common filing errors. 1. Mail all forms together – You must mail the following forms in one package: a. Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals b. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization c. Form I-765WS, Worksheet Read the mailing instructions to see where to mail the forms based on the state you live in. Remember to send it to the P.O. Box address if mailing through the U.S. Postal Service. All forms are available on www.uscis.gov for free. Do not pay for blank USCIS forms either in person or over the Internet. 2. Sign your forms – You must sign both your Form I-821D and Form I-765. If someone helps you fill out the forms, that person must also sign both Form I-812D and Form I-765 in the designated box below your signature. 3. Write your name and date of birth the same way on each form – Variations in the way information is written can cause delays. For example, you should not write Jane Doe on one form and Jane E. Doe on another form. It is important to read all instructions on the forms carefully. 4. Use the correct version of Form I-765 – Always make sure you have the most recent form when submitting your request with USCIS. Review our Forms page to download the most recent version. You can download all USCIS forms and instructions for free on our website www.uscis.gov. 5. Use Form I-821D NOT Form I-821 – Form I-821D is used to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Form I-821 is a different form used to apply for Temporary Protected Status, an entirely different process. 6. Do NOT e-file Form I-765 – Requests for consideration of deferred action cannot be e-filed. You must mail your package (Forms I-821D, I-765, I-765WS, evidence and fees) to the appropriate USCIS Lockbox. 7. Submit correct fees –The fee to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals is $465 and cannot be waived. There are fee exemptions available only in limited circumstances. You may submit separate checks of $380 and $85, or one single check of $465. 8. Answer all questions completely and accurately – If an item is not applicable or the answer is “none,” leave the space blank. To ensure your request is accepted for processing, be sure to complete these required form fields: Form I-821D: Name, Address, Date of Birth Form I-765: Name, Address, Date of Birth, Eligibility Category 9. Provide all required supporting documentation and evidence – You must submit all required evidence and supporting documentation. These documents are required for USCIS to make a decision on your request. Please organize and label your evidence by the guideline it meets. 10. If you make an error on a form, start over with a clean form – USCIS prefers that you type your answers into the form and then print it. If you are filling out your form by hand, use black ink. If you make a mistake, please start over with a new form. Scanners will see through white out or correction tape and this could lead to the form being processed as incorrect, and lead to processing delays or denial. 11. Carefully review age guidelines before filing – If you have never been in removal proceedings, or your proceedings have been terminated, you must be at least 15 years of age or older at the time of filing. You cannot be the age of 31 or older as of June 15, 2012, to be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals. To ensure that your request is accepted for processing, it is important that you review your entire request package before you file with USCIS. For more information on consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals. If you have questions about filing a request, please call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283.
  19. Current Immigration Status

    There seems to be some confusion on what the correct answer is for question #15 of form I-765. The question asks for your Current Immigration Status. Some people are under the impression that the correct answer is Unlawful Status: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by ICE. I don't think this is the correct answer. The reason for why I think that is not the correct answer is because in the instructions there are 2 sections under Consideration for Deferred Action ( c) (33) The second section talks about Deferred Action being granted to you by ICE. The only way that you could be granted Deferred Action by ICE is if you are or were in removal proceedings, since this process is being done by USCIS through DHS, not ICE. The correct answer would simply be Unlawful Status if you came to the US without inspection. If you came with a student visa or visitor visa, you can put Student Visa Overstay, or Visitor Visa Overstay. EDIT: This is an opinion, which means I can be wrong.
  20. The address to which you will mail your application depends on the state you currently live in and on the shipping method. If you will be using regular U.S Postal Service, you will ship your application to the addresses highlighted in green, depending on your state. If you will be using USPS Express, which is also with the US Postal Service, but is faster, or if you will be using a different Courier, FedEx or UPS, you will ship to the addresses highlighted in blue, depending on your state.
  21. Kinda late, but just posting it for the record. SOURCE Lowest amount of applications submitted, biometrics appointments scheduled, applications under review. Highest amount of applications approved. DACA is slowly coming to an end.
  22. There were about 11,000 less approvals than last month and the denials went up by almost a couple hundred. SOURCE
  23. Never mind, I had misread. The photographs are required. "You must submit two identical color photographs of yourself taken within 30 days of filing your application. The photos must have a white to off-white background, be printed on thin paper with a glossy finish, and be unmounted and unretouched. The passport-style photos must be 2" by 2". The photos must be in color with full face, frontal view on a white to off-white background. Head height should measure 1" to 1 3/8" from top to bottom of chin, and eye eight is between 1 1/8" to 1 3/8" from bottom of photo. Your head must be bare unless you are wearing a headdress as required by a religious order of which you are a member. Using pencil or felt pen, lightly print your name and Alien Receipt Number on the back of the photo."